The key to enjoying Supernatural is to not worry about changing canon. Used to be reapers could only be seen from the “astral plane.” Now they pose as taxi drivers, inhabit young women, and die like angels. Maybe they’re a subset of angels that help dying souls move on. (That’d make sense, right?) Don’t think too much about it. Just sit back and enjoy the show.
The last we saw of Castiel, he was chugging down a bottle of water after stealing some clothes and leaving the trench coat behind. Since then he’s been living in homeless shelters and hanging out with the unsheltered homeless. Misha Collins and the show do a terrific job of showing Castiel’s awkwardness in the human world as he makes observations on things we take for granted. From dental hygiene, to a literal interpretation of counting sheep, to the wonder of burritos; it’s all delightful fun. Add a moral lesson or two along the way (those with the least to give are often the most generous, and the meaning of faith), and you have truly compelling food for thought.
The new Big Bad this year is a steely blue-eyed angel named Bartholomew. He’s tapped the power of a televangelist to recruit willing souls for angel vessels. Unfortunately, he doesn’t care if the human can handle the mighty load or not. So far he seems to be a blond version of Dick Roman, which isn’t particularly appealing considering season 7 wasn’t Supernatural‘s best. Hopefully this won’t be the case since we still have Crowley, Abbadon, an angel-inhabited Sam, and all the other ghosties and ghoulies to deal with.
Speaking of Ezekiel, Dean’s deal with him is already going sideways. Last week, Zeke conveyed love, wellness, and peace. This week, he’s rather menacing. First he appears out of nowhere to warn Dean the angels are organizing under a new leader. Then, when “summoned” he tells Dean he can’t be seen in public. He gives Dean the ultimatum that either Castiel leave the Men of Letters bunker or he’ll leave Sam. Sounds like emotional blackmail to me.
Something fishy is going on. Zeke was apparently strong enough to bring Castiel back to life from the outside, but he hasn’t attempted any such thing with Sam. Of course, he’s too weak to do so now, but could he have done so earlier? Is this all a ruse to ride a Winchester? I’m thinking Zeke has history with Bartholomew. Could Bart be the reason Zeke was injured in the fall from heaven? I guess we’ll just have to wait through sweeps or mid-season to find out.